2018 Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
|Quarterback||Lamar Jackson||Robert Griffin III||Joe Flacco*|
|Running Back||Gus Edwards||Alex Collins||Javorius Allen|
|Left Wide Receiver||John Brown||Chris Moore|
|Right Wide Receiver||Michael Crabtree||Willie Snead||Janarion Grant|
|Tight End||Mark Andrews||Hayden Hurst||Maxx Williams|
|Full Back||Patrick Ricard|
|Left Tackle||Ronnie Stanley||Orlando Brown|
|Left Guard||Alex Lewis||Bradley Bozeman|
|Center||Matt Skura||Bradley Bozeman|
|Right Guard||Marshal Yanda||Jermain Eluemunor|
|Right Tackle||James Hurst|
The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2018 off-season positioned against the salary cap. The team desperately needed to clear space for draft pick additions and to fill holes where the team possessed the greatest amount of need. This meant the team needed to clean house at positions or areas where production was lacking. The first round of cuts hits the offense. The team lost Danny Woodhead and Jeremy Maclin. Woodhead was buried in a depth chart that hardly favored his skill set, making the contract decline a little easy for the squad. Maclin also represented a huge cap hit with little production to show for his massive contract. Clearing areas like the corner back position with Ladarius Webb was a blessing in disguise. This left the team with a few areas to fill prior to the draft and training camp.
Prior to the draft, the team was able to snag 3 wide receivers that will immediately face time within starting roles. Amongst the three additions, Michael Crabtree represents the best signing. His light contract mixed with his on-field impact bodes well for the team. Crabtree has a knack for finding the end zone, producing a reliable target with good hands. Willie Snead was added from the Saints. Trailing back to his time in New Orleans, Snead was placed in a top-tier role for a future hall of fame quarterback in Drew Brees. While the quarterback pool in Baltimore might not be as consistent as New Orleans, he will see his share of looks. John Brown is the dark horse in this discussion because he presents an interesting skill set when healthy. His downfield capabilities lend for him to be a primer for deeper routes. If he can stay healthy, he completes a crew of wide receivers that are primed within the game and ready for breakout behind a strong leader in the quarterback position.
The main selection coming from the Ravens draft class was the addition of Lamar Jackson. Jackson was an aerial and foot-speed threat at Louisville, posting impressive statistics in both the rushing and passing game. The timing of the selection and the fortitude needed to trade up to select him has the organization in a stir. We know Joe Flacco is on the tail-end of his career, but is he ready to forfeit the position to a younger, talented prospect? Flacco will definitely be an instrumental piece in mentoring Jackson to become a force within the league. The team still has a lot of sorting to do at the quarterback position, but the timing prevails as key to regular season success.
The defense received little support in building around the talented prospects the team currently rosters. The team will ride out the mentor and mentee relationship between Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley for as long as they can. The relationship built between these two has created a strong bond at the line backing core. Suggs now enters his 16th NFL season, slowly winding the clock back from striking midnight on his hall of fame career. The team desperately needed a spark at the defensive line and outside rushing positions, but the draft and free-agency period left the team empty handed. The play upfront will have to be flawless to keep this defense from falling to the depths it did last year. The secondary remains sound with a few players returning to form after injury.
The draft is where this team struggled to find its way. Within the first four rounds the team drafted two tight ends. While this is not to take from the talent pool each player possesses, it did leave us scratching our heads. With the forfeiture of some veteran talents at the offensive and defensive positions due to heavy contracts, you would think replacement would be first in order. The team failed to replace most of these players which places a heavier burden on young guys or seasoned veterans. The offense has reached a good depth to pull from, but the lack of defensive depth is something to keep an eye on should a player go down with injury. This season will revolve around the consistencies on defense and the right selection at the signal caller position. This season also begins a year of experimentation for the offense in hopes of finding their groove that took them to the Super Bowl a few years prior.